There’s pretty much nothing that makes me more angry that someone making light of rape or just rape culture in general. I was around some guys this weekend who thought roofie jokes were funny. I never found roofie jokes to be funny, but especially after I was roofied, which is another story for another day. Outnumbered and uncomfortable, I explained that roofie jokes aren’t cool but shrugged it off. I felt pretty crappy for not really telling them how not okay those kinds of jokes are ever.
Roofie jokes, rape jokes and stupid comments about rape are never going to be okay. I don’t know why people can’t grasp that. Nothing is like rape except rape. There is literally nothing that can be compared to rape, and I wish people would get that through their heads. I shared some dumb rape comments by famous people before, but guess what? There’s a whole other batch for you to rage over:
Most recently at his latest concert, Kanye West went on a ridiculous rant. Now, I have been to a Kanye concert. It was absurd. He ranted about boxes or something. I don't know. Okay, no. Having your photo taken and being chased around by paparazzi might be annoying, violating even, but it is NOT rape. Like at all. Ever.
I was so disappointed about this because I really admire Charlize. In an interview with Sky News, she was asked if she ever searched herself online. The actress responded, "I don't do that, so that's my saving grace. When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start I guess feeling raped." The reporter asked if she meant to say that, "Well, when it comes to your son and your private life. Maybe it's just me. Some people might relish in all that stuff but there are certain things in my life that I think of as very sacred and I am very protective over them." Yes, I understand you want to protect certain aspects of your life, but having your privacy invaded because you are a celebrity is not rape. It feels more disappointing coming from Charlize because she's such an advocate against female violence and rape. She even promoted the U.N.'s Stop Rape Now campaign and has supported many other campaigns like it. I hoped she knew better than to say something so insensitive.
George Will is a well-known journalist. He even won the Pulitzer Prize. In a column for The Washington Post, he wrote about sexual assault in colleges. And he called it a privilege. He said "when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate" and insinuated that college students claim sexual assault or get raped to hold a coveted "victim status." Are you disgusted yet? He also doesn't really believe that sexual assault is real since he put it in quotes like so: "the supposed campus epidemic of rape, a.k.a. ‘sexual assault.’" Kay.
While performing at the Laugh Factory, Daniel Tosh was reportedly heckled by a female fan after saying that rape jokes are always funny. The woman actually just exclaimed that rape jokes aren't funny (because they're not). Tosh retorted, "Wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by, like, five guys right now? Like right now?" The girl's friend recounted the story on her Tumblr, expressing my own sentiment that Tosh's joke wasn't a joke. It was an invitation. And it was horribly disgusting and offensive. I used to find Tosh funny, but not after this incident. He later tweeted what was supposed to be an apology, "the point i was making before i was heckled is there are awful things in the world but you can still make jokes about them. #deadbabies" Still not funny.
In his 2011 interview with Rolling Stone, Biebs was asked about his stance on abortion for rape victims. I don't know why this was even a question for the teen star, but whatever. He responded, "Um. Well, I think that's really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I guess I haven't been in that position, so I wouldn't be able to judge that." Gross. But then Rolling Stone said they left out part of his quote, "Due to an editing error, this story originally included an incomplete quote from Justin Bieber. The full quote, his response to whether abortions should be allowed in cases of rape, reads: 'Um. Well, I think that's really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I don't know how that would be a reason. I guess I haven't been in that position, so I wouldn't be able to judge that.'" Still not that much better, you guys.
Booooo! In a 2011 interview with Vanity Fair, Depp said, "Well, you just feel like you’re being raped somehow. Raped ... It feels like a kind of weird -- just weird, man. [I'll pose with fans], but whenever you have a photo shoot or something like that, it’s like -- you just feel dumb. It’s just so stupid." Unless you have actually been raped, you cannot possibly know what it feels like to be raped. However, I'm 500% sure that being rape does not feel like a photo shoot or "weird."
Maybe, maybe this one is a little stretch since it's not quite a direct quote. But apparently, Jennifer Lawrence was overheard at a party in Cannes, “I broke out my rape scream for you,” when discussing how excited she was when she first met director, Alfonso Cuarón. Yikes. No. Joke or not, it's not funny.
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